Valerie introduces us to Anita Birtles as she demonstrates what to do with left over blocks. These bags make ideal gifts for friends that they will use time and time again.
Anita shows how simple it is to make a lined tote bag from odd blocks. Her tips for reinforcing the pocket edges and the handles undoubtedly produces a sturdy bag. Watch Now+
Claire describes how having a recording has enabled students to rewatch tips and techniques. This is particularly relevant when embarking on more complex techniques.
You can find more videos with tips and techniques from Claire as well as the other tutors on justhands-on.tv in the Tips and Techniques category. Watch Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Stash Buster Quilts by Lynne Edwards
Our Book of the Month for August is Stash Buster Quilts by Lynne Edwards If you want to reduce your fabric collection, you’ll LOVE these 20 scrap quilt projects. There are step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow piecing diagrams. Each of the six chapters covers different techniques and ways to use up your stash.
PLUS it also comes with FREE shipping in the UK for the month of August 2022. Buy Now +
Festival of Quilts is on (18 -21 August 2022) and many of our contributors will be there – keep an eye out for Jennie (Stand QIA1), Angela Daymond (QIA8) Kate at ArtsFindlay (QIA26), Lina Patchwork (C32) and our friends from Janome (G4), to mention just a few. For a full exhibitor list you can just click here.
If you can’t make it to this year’s Festival of Quilts, check out our social media channels. Valerie and Steve will be there and will take lots of pictures
This quilt is the winner of The Handi Quilter Best in Show Award is Inmaculada Gabaldon with ‘Impresion. Tramonto en Venecia’
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Dionne demonstrates the advantages of using a knee lift with free motion embroidery. This enables her to keep both hands free for moving the hoop frame. Using her right knee to lift the foot and her left foot on the foot pedal allows her to release the tension easily. Watch Now+
In this comprehensive workshop Carolyn describes the advantages of the acrylic template. The templates are transparent with seam markings and allowances. Basically simplifying the process of fussy cutting when placing your fabric.
These tips and techniques will get us all reaching for acrylic templates. Watch Now +
PRODUCT of the MONTH August 2022: Scandi Mini Stocking Advent Panel from Makower
Our Product of the Month for August 2022 is the Mini Stockings advent calendar designed by Makower. Part of the Christmas Scandi collection by Makower – this was so popular in 2021 that it has been reprinted for this year. Basic instructions for making this are printed on the panel. Make your own Scandi Advent Calendar, reuse and refill year after year.
As our Product of the Month it comes with FREE P&P for the month of August 2022 Buy Now +
Jennie uses the template produced by the E-Z company (available from the shop), which gives directions for both applique and pieced cats in various sizes, but the idea can be adapted.
Good for scraps too
Use your scraps and embellish the face to create your moggy. Watch Now +
Claire talks to Valerie and Jayne about overcoming the mind block of quilting your top. She describes how to follow straight lines using your Walking Foot. When the Walking Foot does all the hard work, you can relax into your quilting. Watch Now +
What’s coming up in August
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway is a very useful tote pattern designed by Sue Rhodes
Sue has made this pretty bag using denim with a contrasting fabric rim, and an ice cream cone applique would be perfect for those trips to the shops or beach.
To enter the competition just
send an email entitled Summer Sundae to firstname.lastname@example.org The competition closes 31st August 2022
Join Daphne Morris to make an extremely gorgeous Camden Bag in a weekend
Date: 5 – 6 November 2022
Location: New Place Hotel, Shirrell Heath, Hampshire
Dala Horses Quilt with Anne Baxter
4 Patch Diamond Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
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